Seriously… how did an evening of wearing some of the most notorious uniforms of the 1970s slip under my radar?
The Padres decided to either honor the 1978 season (the ONLY winning season in San Diego before the 1984 pennant) or pay tribute to the late Gary Coleman with the uniforms worn in The Kid From Left Field.
And I believe it was the only year they had the small “SAN DIEGO” over the Padres name.
I remember that made an impression on me as a kid as they had the only big league uniform that I could remember that said the whole name on the front.
Not just “SAN DIEGO” or “PADRES.” I bet an early version said “THE SAN DIEGO PADRES BASEBALL CLUB OF THE NATIONAL LEAGUE.”
The Padres could have taken the 1978 tribute even further.
They decided to go with the white pants with the brown and yellow top, which was primarily accurate. However, as the image on the right with Dave Winfield shows, sometimes they went yellow bottoms with the brown and yellow top, making the horror complete.
I am not surprised by the Padres decisions to wear white pants. Heck, they wear white pants with their camouflage get up.
The Pirates, being good sports like they were in Oakland for THEIR turn back the clock night, decided to not wear their yellow uniforms. (I guess they would clash and you can’t have THAT in a turn back the clock night!)
So out came the thick pinstripes.
But alas, they brought back instant nostalgia for the 1979 Pirates, which is always a good thing… even if the current team doesn’t quite play as gracefully as the We Are Family squad.
So keep it up, folks! Keep turning back the clock… and make sure the Pirates are always involved. It helps their image!
Check out Zach Duke. He is positively Candelaria-esque!